The Man Who Destroyed America’s Ego

How a rebel psychologist challenged one of the 20th century’s biggest—and most dangerous—ideas.

Matter
Matter
Feb 25, 2014 · 25 min read

FOR MUCH OF HUMAN HISTORY, our beliefs have been based on the assumption that people are fundamentally bad. Strip away a person’s smile and you’ll find a grotesque, writhing animal-thing. Human instincts have to be controlled, and religions have…